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Degree Requirements

Our master of business administration curriculum consists of 24 credits of required core coursework, and a minimum of 36 credits of elective courses. No transfer credits from other institutions may be applied toward the MBA degree.

Students who exempt out of core courses replace them with electives to fulfill the MBA requirement of 60 credits of graduate-level courses taken in residence at the School in four terms of study. Fifty-four of these credits must consist of in-classroom business courses. Students may count a combined maximum of six credits of B8000 Independent Study, B9002 Cross-Cultural Seminar, B9502 Global Business Project, and graduate-level courses from other Columbia schools toward the MBA degree. Graduate-level courses are denoted by a number of 4000 or higher.

Full-time residence at the Business School is strictly defined as a minimum of 12 credits. Students are permitted to take up to 18 credits per term, and may graduate with more than 60 credits.

A failed core course must be repeated; a failed elective must either be repeated or replaced by another.

Students should review the academic standards for their academic year of entry for minimum GPA requirements.

Students choose courses from many different areas of study; a concentration is not required.

Requirements differ for dual degree programs.

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Saturday, April 18 - Uris Hall, Room 303
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Application Deadlines

 

EMBA-NY Saturday >

May 2015 Entry
Early Decision: January 12, 2015
Regular Decision: March 2, 2015

 

EMBA-NY Friday/Saturday >

August 2015 Entry
Early Decision: March 18, 2015
Regular Decision: June 3, 2015

 

All deadlines are 11:59 p.m. EST on the date listed.

Special Concentration in Business Management

Special Concentration in Business Management

Applications for the Special Concentration in Business Management is now closed. It will reopen Spring of 2016. 


If you are interested in learning more about the Special Concentration, please take time to carefully review the program details and FAQ.

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MBA
Entry: January '15
Final: 10/8/14

Entry: August '15
Early: 10/8/14
Merit Fellowship Deadline: 1/7/15
Final: 4/15/15

EMBA-New York Saturday
Early: 1/12/15
Final: 3/2/15

EMBA-New York Fri/Sat
Early: 3/18/15
Final: 6/3/15

Did you Know?

38%

of the 2014 incoming class were non-US citizens

 

42,000

alumni in the Columbia Business School network

 

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